The first round of the second wave of sightings over Washington, D.C., didn't begin at night, nor were they first seen by the radar operators at National Airport. At about two thirty p.m. two radar operators at Langley AFB, fairly near Washington, D.C., watched an object on their radar scope for about two minutes. They estimated that it approached Langley from the south at a speed of 2,600 miles an hour at an altitude just under 5,000 feet, and disappeared from the radar scopes when it was only eight miles away.
Twenty minutes later, at about ten minutes of three, those same radar operators watched another target for about four minutes as it headed toward the east. It suddenly stopped, hovered for two minutes, and then continued to the east, finally disappearing from the scope about fifteen miles away. The operators believed that the object had simply dropped below 5,000 feet, which was the lower limit of the radar.
They had tried to spot the object using binoculars but had been unable to find it. They also noted that the return on the scope was larger than that of an aircraft and that it had a fuzzy appearance, suggesting to some that the blip was the result of the weather rather than a solid object flying over the area.
At about eight fifteen p.m., a pilot and stewardess on a National Airlines flight saw several glowing objects through the cockpit windows. They described them like the "glow of a cigarette." Both said the objects were high above them and were moving about a hundred miles an hour.
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